They’ve had holiday tours of homes. They’ve sold gift baskets at the Tupelo Flea Market and at Celebration Village.
This year, they’re hosting a monthlong “This & That Holiday Cottage,” which features gifts, Christmas decorations, handmade items, crafts, elegant lunches and afternoon high tea.
Sherry Abraham, president of Women First, and Judy Hester, director of the organization, came up with the idea in May while enjoying a bottle of wine together.
“We knew we couldn’t afford a booth at Celebration Village and we really needed a way to raise money,” Hester said. “We’ve never done anything like this before, so we don’t even know how much we’ll make.”
The Holiday Cottage on Gloster Street, just north of Crosstown, opens Monday at 10 a.m. Regular hours will be Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch, featuring a soup, salad, entree and dessert, will be served every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a cost of $12. High tea, with small sandwiches, scones and a dessert, will be offered on Wednesdays for $15 from 2 to 4 p.m. Reservations are required for lunch and high tea because the dining room seats only 20 people.
The front rooms of the building that houses Women First have been donated for the monthlong event. Each room has a different holiday theme.
One room offers collectible items, such as Santas, priced below what eBay sells them for. A this-and-that room has gently used picture frames, dishes, suitcases, purses and jewelry. The children’s room has ornaments, NASCAR throws, stockings and stuffed animals as well as “night before Christmas baskets,” complete with a notepad, candy cane, plush toy, reindeer food, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a book.
A Christmas room has original paintings, wreaths, swags and ornaments for sale, and the kitchen room boasts glassware, plates, cake plates, kitchen baskets and cookbooks.
“So much of this stuff has been donated to us,” Abraham said. “People are kind to us. Very kind to us.”
For more information or to make a reservation, call (662) 842-5725.